Russian Fighter Jets Train Over Black Sea; Germany Decided to Purchase DIRCM Systems; NATO Is Testing Its Readiness

The pilots of 15 Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2 fighter jets from Russia’s Southern Military District are sharpening their skills of flights over the Black Sea, TASS reported..

“The flight personnel of the Southern Military District is undergoing training on the premises of the composite aviation regiment based in the Krasnodar Region. Overall, more than 15 aircraft that have arrived from various aerodromes of the Southern Military District are involved in the event,” District’s press office says.

During seven days, the crews will be studying the specifics of piloting over the water surface, the procedure of interaction with search and rescue teams, flashing code signals and the skills of beacon-based navigation.

Elbit to Supply DIRCM Systems for Germany’s A400M Fleet

The German parliament has decided to purchase Elbit’s DIRCM (Directional Infrared Counter Measures) systems for the Bundeswehr’s fleet of A400M transport aircraft, Israel Defense reported.

According to the German Federal Ministry of Defense, the air force is planned to operate 53 A400Ms in two configurations: 37 tactical aircraft and 16 others in the logistic version. Each of the 53 transporters will be equipped with an Elbit DIRCM system.

The G2G deal, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is still pending further approvals by German authorities. However, sources say that this is merely a formality and the acquisition practically received a green light.

NATO Spearhead Force deployed quickly across European borders to test readiness

A force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland, Defence Blog reported.

Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units work together.

Training in Zagan will include defence against enemy tanks and infantry, finding and destroying mines as well as artillery practise.

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Source: Defence Blog, TASS, Israel Defense